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July Storytelling Festivals

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Summer is the time for festivals, books, and stories!  So, how about attending a storytelling festival!?  There are a lot to chose from this July.


Toe River Storytelling Festival
July 13, 2013
Bakersville, NC

"Exemplifying the art of storytelling that is our birth-right in the Appalachian Mountains our storytellers will take you on a toe-tapping, belly-laughing, nostalgic-sighing, tear-wiping journey and back again with stories that remind us we are not alone in this world; we’re all in this stew of life together. Not only that, but you’ll be thoroughly entertained.

It is through stories that we best know who we are, remember where we come from, and gain hope for where we are going."

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Western Maine Storytelling Festival
July 19 -21, 2013
Farmington, Maine

"In 2013 the featured evening storytellers will be Susan Poulin, creator of Ida LeClair, "the funniest woman in Maine", and Abenaki storyteller and writer Joseph Bruchac.

Joseph Bruchac’s Friday afternoon workshop for teachers, youth workers, and parents will be the first of several programs featuring regional Native American stories and culture, including Bruchac’s Friday evening performance, a Saturday morning program for children by Passamaquoddy/Maliseet and Abenaki language-keepers Roger Paul and Jesse Bruchac, and a historical performance by Jo Radner, “Braving the Middle Ground: Stories of Pre-Revolutionary Northern New England.”

In addition, the Festival will feature a poetry reading by Wes McNair; regional quilt artists showing their quilts and telling the tales behind them; “Stories in Song” with singer-songwriters Matt and Shannon Heaton, Matt Shipman and Erica Brown, and “Western Maine Talkers” from the logging industry telling stories of their life and work experiences."

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28th Sierra Storytelling Festival
July 19 - 21, 2013
Nevada City, CA

"Set among the towering pines, sloping lawn and our historic one-room schoolhouse on Columbia Hill, the Sierra Storytelling Festival is an annual respite we all cherish. Slowing down, sitting in the shade, licking some ice cream and soaking in the stories of world-class tellers — well, it just doesn’t get much better.

With a setting that’s one of the best in Northern California, and a line-up of talented, nationally recognized storytellers, the festival has grown into a very popular annual event. Every year, hundreds of avid listeners travel across the country to attend “The Queen of Storytelling Festivals” for a weekend of summer magic."

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25th Iowa Storytelling Festival
July 25 - 26, 2013
Clear Lake, IA

"Connie Regan-Blake, Ashville, NC, is one of America's most celebrated storytellers, credited as a key player in the storytelling renaissance that elevated storytelling from a regional to a national phenomena during the 1980s.  Sadarri Saskill, & Co., Milwaukee, is a storytelling family that travels the world gathering and sharing stories which amaze and delight their audiences.  Maureen Korte of Des Moines touches the heart of the child in all of us with her moving tales of contemporary life and far-away times and places."

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